Communities across London benefit from nature
As one of only two Green Party representatives in the European Parliament, Jean Lambert, MEP for London has made bringing the benefits of nature and open spaces to urban communities something of a priority since here election in 2004. On 13 July she came to assess the impact of a groundbreaking project, Wild Place, Your Space, created by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and the Royal Society for the Protection of Brids which is reaching out to diverse, hard to reach groups from across the capital.
The visit formed part of Ms Lambert’s attempts to introduce similar projects in cities across Europe and increase awareness of the importance of open spaces amongst her MEP colleagues. She heard that Wild Place, Your Space has attracted 35,,000 people from diverse communities who have taken part in a range of activities such as working in a specially created community wildlife garden, learning about nature, vocational training and exploring parts of Lee Valley Regional Park. The MEP also toured the gardens that have been cultivated by volunteers.
Ms Lambert said afterwards: “Wild Place, Your Space’ is a great example of how the green spaces on our doorsteps can be used to introduce all of our communities to the numerous health and educational benefits that nature has to offer, and help us to reconnect with the natural world. By coming together to look after natural habitats, we are taking direct action for wildlife and birds as well as improving the environment we live in. I wish the project all the best for the future as it continues to help London’s diverse communities discover the region’s riches.”
Research has shown that many members of deprived communities feel excluded from parks and open spaces and are missing out on the wider benefits that visits to green spaces can provide. Wild Place, Your Space is focused on six sites across the Park in areas such as Newham, Haringey and Tower Hamlets.